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Northeastern boys, York Catholic girls face long road trips for PIAA quarterfinal games

STAFF REPORT
  • The Northeastern boys and York Catholic girls have qualified for the PIAA basketball quarterfinals.
  • Northeastern will face Abington Heights at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pottsville's Martz Hall.
  • York Catholic will meet East Allegheny at 6 p.m. Friday at Bald Eagle Area High in Wingate.

The Northeastern boys and York Catholic girls now know where they'll play Friday night in the PIAA state basketball quarterfinals.

They're both facing sizable road trips.

Northeastern's Nate Wilson, center, is surrounded by fans after the Bobcats beat Penncrest 63-60 in a PIAA second-round boys' basketball game on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Wilson led the Bobcats with 26 points in the game. John A. Pavoncello

The Northeastern boys, the third-place team from District 3, will play their Class 5-A quarterfinal at 7:30 p.m. at Martz Hall in Pottsville. The Bobcats (27-3) will face District 2 champion Abington Heights (24-3).

Northeastern is coming off a pulsating 63-60 second-round victory over District 1 champion Penncrest (25-4) on Tuesday. The Bobcats rallied from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit to earn that win, behind a 26-point effort from sophomore Nate Wilson.

Abington Heights, meanwhile, nearly blew a 17-point lead, but held on for a 49-48 second-round triumph over Chester (19-9), the fourth-place team from District 1.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $6 per ticket. The doors open at 5 p.m.

The Northeastern athletic department will provide a fan bus for spectators. Anyone interested in riding the fan bus must register in the ninth-grade office by noon Friday. The cost to ride the bus is $6. The bus will leave from the front of Northeastern High School at 5 p.m.

Both Northeastern and Abington Heights will face a drive in the 75-80-mile range.

The first game at Martz Hall at 6 p.m. Friday will pit District 3 champion Berks Catholic (28-2) against District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic (27-3) in a 4-A boys' quarterfinal.

Irish headed to Wingate: The York Catholic girls, meanwhile, will travel to Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate for a 6 p.m. contest vs. District 7 runner-up East Allegheny (26-1) in a 3-A quarterfinal. The Irish, the District 3 runner-up, will enter at 15-13. 

York Catholic is coming off a 52-37 triumph over District 6 champ Penns Valley (21-6) on Tuesday. That same night, East Allegheny beat District 9 champ Brookville (19-6), 60-34.

Both teams will have long drives to Bald Eagle Area, which is located just north of State College. York Catholic will travel about 120 miles, while East Allegheny faces a 135-mile trip from its suburban Pittsburgh campus.

The second game at Bald Eagle at 7:30 p.m. Friday is a 2-A girls' quarterfinal that pits District 11 runner-up Minersville (24-3) vs. Penns Manor (23-5), the fourth-place team from District 6.